Schnebly Hill near Sedona Arizona
On April 7th, I was headed south from Utah to visit family in Las Vegas. Sedona, AZ is way off course for the direct interstate route between SLC and Vegas. Nonetheless, my wife and I took the long way and visited Schnebly Hill. It marks my 9th Jeep Badge of Honor earned.
We arrived from SLC to the upper trailhead off of I-17, traveling non stop except for two gasoline fill ups, one in Panguitch, Utah and the other in Flagstaff. The air was a pleasant 72 degrees. We had partly cloudy skies. After just a short drive down the Forest Service road at the top end, we pulled over for a picnic before continuing on. We hadn't eaten since leaving SLC, a good 7 hours earlier.
Schnebly Hill is mildly challenging compared to other Badge of Honor trails. It would be a good one to cut your teeth on to get the feel of a rocky, bumpy trail. It would be especially so, going the down hill way we did. Cobbles no greater than 3-4 inches, with one ledge exception. Most can be driven around or over with no issues. There was only one spot near the end of the trail, (going down hill), that was of any significance, considering. A 6 inch ledge resulting in some forward-backward rocking on two wheels action was crept down without too much difficultly.
The scenery was superb. Nice ponderosa forests at the top end; very pretty red sandstone bluffs after dropping over the rim. We moved fairly rapidly. The entire route took us no more than an hour and a half. We saw about 19 Pink Jeep Tour Wranglers taking tourists up the trail. Each have about 4-5 paying customers in them. That's around 95 people purchasing $60 tickets. The company must have earned several thousand dollars that day. And that is just the number of pink jeeps we saw.
A very enjoyable little jaunt down a scenic trail
Here are a few pics
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